Illinois News

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Central Illinois Emergency Expo returns July 12

The Central Illinois Emergency Expo is returning to the Shoppes at Grand Prairie July 12 from 4-7 p.m. Local emergency response agencies from around Central Illinois will display their emergency equipment in the parking lot between Dick’s Sporting Goods and IL Route 91. Equipment being featured at the expo include fire engines and apparatuses, medical helicopters, police cruisers, armored vehicles, rescue boats and more. Families are invited to explore vehicles, talk with professional first responders, and try on gear during this free community event.
WHOI-TV ABC 19 Peoria

Crews battle blaze and heat in downtown Watseka apartment fire

It was a start to the day no one wanted in Watseka. When people living in an apartment downtown woke up to smoke filling their rooms. “It was difficult all around,” Nick Peters, deputy fire chief, said. The Watseka Fire Department got the call around 5:30 in the morning. They got on scene and started trying to contain the flames, but they said it spread to the attic and the 100-year-old building wasn’t built for fire crews working side by side. “Very few ways that we could get in and really attack this fire and get our crews in there to work,” he said. There were several other things working against them, like the heat and the size of their crew. That’s why 17 other departments. From Kankakee to Hoopeston, showed up to help.
WCIA-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Massive fire breaks out at old lumber yard in Carmi

VIDEO: City leaders in Carmi, Illinois, say a large section of town was without power for several hours Saturday. They told residents it was because of a massive fire at the old lumber yard property near the water tower. It broke out in the early morning hours. 14 News spoke with several neighbors who are now dealing with damage to their own homes. Melissa Kittinger lives right next door to the building, and she said the whole scene was chaotic. “We just kept hearing these loud like cannons, it sounded like, going off,” she said. “We get outside, and the building was just- the flames were as tall as the water tower.” She said her power was out for around eight hours. The heat from the fire melted parts of their siding, as well as several other homes in the area. The front of the water department was also severely damaged.
WFIE-TV NBC 14 Evansville

Pilsen street renamed to honor late Chicago firefighter who died of cancer months shy of retirement

A special ceremony was held Saturday for one of Chicago's fallen heroes. Bobby Herrera's name is now cemented on a street near 18th Street and Carpenter Avenue. The same block he grew up on in Pilsen. "This is Roberto's block," said Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 25th Ward. Bobby's engine, Truck 32, posted on the block with a the flag draped over it as city leaders joined Herrera's family and friends for the big reveal, honoring the late Chicago firefighter. "I'm pretty speechless," said Herrera's youngest daughter, Bianca Herrera. "This sign will be an example for all the firefighters that are currently working on the future firefighters be like Bobby, right? Give it your all, give it your best," added retired CFD firefighter, Don Hroma. Herrera served for decades before dying from throat cancer last year, just two months after he retired.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Crews battle fire at old factory building in Hoopeston

PHOTO: A fire broke out in Hoopeston Sunday night and continued into the early morning hours on Monday. It happened at an old factory building on Front Street and E. Thompson Avenue. Crews left the scene after the flames were out around 2:30AM on Monday. They got the call at 10:30PM on Sunday. Several fire departments from Vermilion and Iroquois counties were called to help put out the fire. People living nearby say the building used to be an old tomato factory. The Hoopeston fire chief says they are investigating the exact cause, but believes fireworks are likely to blame.
WCIA-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Peoria firefighters help bag for tips at Hy-Vee grocery store for fundraiser

Firefighters and volunteers were bagging groceries at the Sheridan Hy-Vee for a unique reason. The event was called Bagging for Tips and the grocery store opened two of its locations to raise money for the Imani Rescue center in Kenya. Founder Veronica Richards said the rescue center would be a safe haven for women and orphaned children in Kenya to learn skills and remain safe. Richards, who is from Kenya, said she was grateful for members of her new community helping out her home. “It’s great to be able to have the Peoria community connecting with us. So we can have people in Kenya be able to see it doesn’t matter how far you are up in the village you have people all the way in Illinois backing you to support you,” Richards said. The fundraiser was at both the Sheridan and the Grand Prairie Hy-Vee’s and would continue on Sunday and next weekend from 10 am to 4 pm.

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